Winter: Another one for the books?

We saw something on the National Weather Service site this morning that we haven't seen in some time -- blue.

Counties to the north and west outside the Philadelphia-regional ring are under a winter weather advisory for the possibility of some sleet and freezing rain tonight.

Right now, freezing precipitation isn't a threat in the immediate Philadelphia area, and precipitation should be all rain around here as it warms into the 50s tomorrow.

A moderate cool-down will follow, but next week's weather is likely to stoke an overwhelming question: What happened to winter?

A major warm-up is brewing, with temperatures due to reach the mid-50s on Sunday, and perhaps go higher during the week.

Based on the extended forecasts, it appears that the official snow total for Philadelphia for December and January will end up coming in at 0.2 inches -- and parts of the region didn't even get that.

It is early to write off a winter, but even the rumblings of a pattern change have quieted.

Nor will Winter-philes find threaads of hope in the discussions on the American Weather Forums.

As we know, this can't be the most-snow-less winter because of the big zero of the winter of  1972-73, and that title is safe.

Still it is safe to say that for fans of snow, it has been a very blue winter, and it may well stay that way.